O's Cabrera May Miss Start With Sore Forearm

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Orioles RHP Daniel Cabrera is feeling discomfort in his forearm, and although an MRI exam showed no damage, Baltimore Manager Dave Trembley is considering moving back the struggling pitcher in the starting rotation.

Cabrera's fastball lacked its usual velocity in a lackluster performance Sunday against the Yankees. He was examined by the team orthopedist Monday and received an MRI exam on his right arm Tuesday.

Trembley said yesterday that the MRI came back clean, but Cabrera still may miss his scheduled start on Saturday.

"We're going to wait to see what I'm going to do. I might have to give him an extra day," Trembley said. "I can't say when he's going to pitch, or if in fact he's not going to pitch, until he plays catch."

Cabrera gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings Sunday, the fifth time in eight starts since the all-star break he has surrendered at least six runs. His ERA has soared from 4.33 to 5.24 in that span.

· PADILLA SIDELINED: Rangers RHP Vicente Padilla will miss his scheduled start tomorrow against the Los Angeles Angels with inflammation in the muscle joint between the neck and shoulder.

Padilla, who leads the Rangers with 12 victories and has a 4.98 ERA in 25 starts, couldn't throw bullpen sessions the past two days.

"He's not going to make it Friday," Rangers Manager Ron Washington said. "This is frustrating. We want to win as many games as we possibly can."

With rosters expanding to 40 on Monday, Washington said the Rangers are not planning to put Padilla on the disabled list. Instead, they hope he can make his next scheduled start Wednesday.

"We'll get [ Dustin] Nippert prepared for Friday," Washington said.

Nippert, 1-3 with a 7.83 ERA, is scheduled to take Padilla's turn. His only start among 15 appearances this season was in Padilla's place Aug. 17. He took the loss, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in four innings in Tampa Bay's 7-4 victory.

· RIPKEN BUYS CLASS A TEAM: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has purchased the Tampa Bay Rays' Class A team. The Florida State League team will relocate from Vero Beach, Fla., to Charlotte County, Fla., next year. Ripken Baseball now owns three minor league franchises, including the Aberdeen IronBirds and the Augusta GreenJackets.

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